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Bailly reveals why he snubbed City over United

Fri 27 November 2020 | 13:55

Eric Bailly says that a phone call by Mourinho made him decide to join Manchester United.

Eric Bailly


Manchester United

in the summer of 2016. He was added as a solution to Manchester United’s defense problem but he was not very successful as he spent most of his time in Manchester injured.

He reveals that he was wanted by

Manchester City

as well but he decided to join Manchester United after a call from Mourinho. the 26-year-old center-half told Mundo Deportivo: “In the summer of 2016, there were many rumors.

“I was in Ivory Coast, in the dining room at home with my mother when the phone rang. It was a Portuguese number; Mourinho. He told me to come with him, that he liked me since he saw me with Espanyol and Villarreal.

“Manchester City were also interested, but if Mourinho calls you, you can’t say no.

“You can’t say no to Barca either. It just didn’t happen because the interest was not public or so explicit.”

Bailly added: “

We have known how to overcome adversity because the dressing room is with Solskjaer.

“He is a close guy who has a good relationship with everyone and understands the codes of the football player.

“At the back, he [Solskjaer] asks for concentration and more character. There are small mistakes that have been avoided.

“We need to pay more attention to plays that seem of little danger and that end up costing us too much.”


source: SportMob